The junk wax era gets a bad rap. Sure most all the cards produced from 1981 (the start of the era, I for one believe) to 1996 or so (the decline of overproduced products) are virtually worthless save for some of the bigger rookies and scarce cards. In fact, I don't even like using the term 'junk wax' because its simply not junk, there's just a ton of it. There are certainly many gems mixed in with the 1988 Donruss, the 1989 Topps and the countless other sets from the era. Baseball card collecting was in its heyday, so its only natural that companies over produce their cards.
Anyone who reads this blog knows I'm a big geek for baseball history. History class in high school was the only subject I excelled in, everything else was average. So it's a natural fit that I take my love of history and add it to my hobby. It seemed that the overproduction era was the BEST time for baseball historians to get their fix on cardboard. The monstrous (in both size and popularity) Conlon Collection spanned five years (1991-1995) and spawned many sets. One of my favorite issues and I hope to complete it soon. I need the final two series of cards, 991 and up.
I did manage to pick up two smaller box sets from the same era and today I plan on showcasing one of them.
1994's Origins of Baseball set, put out by the American Archives Co.
Check out some of the highlights I've picked out:
Also team cards!
But the reason I even found out about the set and my favorite card of the bunch: